Byzantine Cavalry (M2TW Unit)
Made up of soldiers with small land grants, 'pronoiai', these cavalrymen are a type of reservist who are called up in times of need. Although armed with bows, they are not as mobile as the Turkish cavalry they often face. However, they are better armoured and much more capable in close combat, making them very versatile. They wear padded or mail armour and are equipped with a composite bow and sword.
The Byzantine Cavalry are a better unit, especially in melee attack and defence stats, than the Skythikon. While the Skythikon are cheaper to recruit initially and only require a Motte and Bailey, the Byzantine Cavalry offers better bang for buck in terms of upkeep fees. While Byzantine Cavalry are a fairly good missile cavalry unit, they will most lose out to any of the missile cavalry fielded by any of the Eastern faction (The Turks, Egypt) and will definitely lose out to the much superior Mongol missile cavalry. They are however, useful when fighting many Western countries, which do not have the ability to field any missile cavalry what so ever (except for mercenaries) and so, can give the player a nice array of tactics choices on the battlefield.